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#1 Mummaof2girls

Posted 23 May 2019 - 03:49 PM

Hi all,

I am going to be induced with dd2 in the next week or so and would love some opinions on our shortlist of names. We have struggled with names this time around but think we have narrowed it down to 2 maybe 3.

Harriet - This has been a name I keep coming back to whenever I write up my list. IMO it has a strong feminine feel with a bit of spunk especially with the nn options of Harri, Hettie, Etta.

Evelyn - We had forgotten about this name until last night. It was one of my husbands favourite when I was pregnant with dd1 however we went with a family name instead. I love this name also, it is beautiful both written and spoken however working in early education also know how popular it is. Does it's popularity take away from its beauty? We are also considering pushing towards Leni as a nn instead of the super super popular Evie. My husband's grandad's name is Len so love the family connection there too. Do you think Leni is too far of a stretch or will be hard to get people to follow suit? We pronounce Evelyn as Ev-uh-len.

Juliette - This is our safe name. I find it slightly boring in comparison to Harriet but think it is a classic name that ages well. I also like the nn options of Lettie, Etta and Jet.

At this stage I think it will be between Harriet and Evelyn. I can't seem to pick which one I like more so would love to hear some honest opinions on both to see if I can make a decision! Thanks :)

#2 AliasMater

Posted 23 May 2019 - 04:12 PM

Harriet no contest. I really like it.

I am really not a fan of Evelyn at all. I know I am an outlier though because it was the flavour of the month for a while there.

#3 daisy007

Posted 23 May 2019 - 04:22 PM

Harriet, it’s beautiful and classic but also spunky and interesting. I love it

#4 aluminium

Posted 23 May 2019 - 04:32 PM

Harriet! <3

#5 Drat

Posted 23 May 2019 - 04:53 PM

Harriet "Hattie" or "Harri" is perfect.

I know like 5 Evelyn "Evie". Leni is a huge stretch from Evelyn and pretty much she will end up getting Evie automatically from people.

#6 onetrick

Posted 23 May 2019 - 05:45 PM

I felt that same as you with the name that we used for DS. I liked it before I purchased a baby name book, it stayed on our short list. Other names came and went, but I kept coming back to the same name (DH didnt mind- he liked it too, and didnt offer any alternatives of his own...).
By this logic, I say Harriett (or however you spell it!) :) I do love the name (partly because of a few lovely literary characters).

#7 NastyGal

Posted 23 May 2019 - 05:48 PM

Harriet for the win!

#8 kerilyntaryn

Posted 23 May 2019 - 05:55 PM

I would pick Juliette or Evelyn

Evelyn - I dont think its that popular and if you love it,  use it.  re nn - they are hard to enforce

what is DD1's name?

#9 EmmDasher

Posted 23 May 2019 - 06:20 PM

Harriett. I love it so much. It has so much personality and spunk!

Evelyn, Evie, Eve, Eva, are all so popular in my area. Still lovely but Harriet is preferable for me.

#10 Pip_longstockings

Posted 23 May 2019 - 06:26 PM


I know a couple but they live in the UK and their nickname is Hatty, which I also love.

Evelyn is nice too but I think it is hard to enforce a nickname so just be careful with that if you don't want Evie.

I agree with you regarding Juliette, I like it but it is boring compared to Harriet.

#11 Ollie83

Posted 23 May 2019 - 06:56 PM

Harriet makes me swoon, I’d consider it the top of the pile but they’re all lovely names.


#12 *bucket*

Posted 23 May 2019 - 07:30 PM

Harriet for sure.

#13 taters

Posted 23 May 2019 - 08:04 PM

Oh Harriet is so so gorgeous. I havent heard it for ages but it is divine!

#14 Winterberry

Posted 23 May 2019 - 08:07 PM

Please use Harriet!

I wanted to call DD2 Harriet but I was vetoed :(

#15 majirlo

Posted 23 May 2019 - 08:40 PM

Love Harriet and all the nn's - Harri, Hetty, Etta and Hattie.
It would be so hard to choose which one to use.

#16 Mummaof2girls

Posted 24 May 2019 - 08:36 AM

Thanks everyone. I think I'm leaning towards Harriet and my husband prefers Evelyn. Hopefully we have a few more days to try and make a decision.

#17 kerilyntaryn

Posted 24 May 2019 - 09:04 AM

Let us know when little one makes an appearance.  Maybe wait till after she's born to decide on her name.  Wishing you all the best

#18 EmmDasher

Posted 24 May 2019 - 09:10 AM

For what it’s worth, Harriet Evelyn or even Harriet Leni are beautiful strong names and I love both.

#19 Astrocyte

Posted 24 May 2019 - 09:15 AM

Harriet!! Love the nickname of Hattie/Hatty.

I've never liked Evelyn or Juliette for some reason.

#20 kerilyntaryn

Posted 24 May 2019 - 09:41 AM

I still like Evelyn or Juliet better


Posted 24 May 2019 - 12:55 PM

All fine names, but why ruin a good name like for example Harriet, by shortening it to Hetti? Etta?

Juliet is in my top ten girls names, but with this spelling.


Posted 24 May 2019 - 12:56 PM

But it would all totally depend on what your DD1 names is, what middle name and of course your surname.

We need more to go on.

#23 Threelittleducks

Posted 24 May 2019 - 01:02 PM

If you want her nickname to be Leni, then I would introduce her in your birth announcement as

Evelyn, to be known as Leni / Evelyn.

We did something similar with DD1. Her NN is Nellie/ Nell, an old fashioned but very traditional NN for Eleanor. We disliked Ellie. We've never had any pushback. If anyone tries Ellie, DD corrects them and it's never been an issue.

Good Luck.

#24 spr_maiden

Posted 24 May 2019 - 01:24 PM

I know a couple, and they are fabulous so I may be biased.

#25 Phoebeandme

Posted 25 May 2019 - 12:15 PM

Harriet 😍

Harriet Evelyn would be lovely

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